Posts Tagged ‘2001’

This Is Not Drum’n’Bass

January 19th, 2021 Comments off

… it is one of my all-time favourites. In 1999 when I was looking desperately for the music and when I was weak in my faith in the breaks and bass, At the time when I was questioning the absolute truth. I asked everyone I knew, they’re (the breaks and bass) where no were to be found or I could not find then. They’re were desperate times.

Electronica; the chapter in my musical history? 1999? When the musical revolution was halted. – You/we can’t release this. There’s no market for this kind of music. This is the future now? “Electronica” is nothing but camouflaged D’n’B.

– You like Icarus right? You keep talking about them.
– You know I do.
– They’re standing right there. That is Ollie and that is Sam. They are Icarus that you like so much and talk about all the time.
– Icarus? Like in Fijaka Recordings Of Substance Icarus?
– Yeah, they’re the ones and they are there standing in that spot. Let’s go and say hi…
– Icarus? Really? I’ve listened so many times to their music… that I can’t even count how many times…

Non-related sort of, yet the same night, but earlier…

– I will be wearing an Expanding t-shirt (like six other individuals on the label night).

I’ve been both blessed and severely cursed in my life so far.

Icarus – Fijaka – Recordings Of Substance ‎– HEMP 30 CD is and will forever be categorized as electronica and not drum’n’bass. Many thoughts but I guess that one will suffice; what about Photek? Something strange going on, if you listen carefully. How can this not be Photek? They went to the same school, they grew up together or what?

Form and Function is from 1998 and that makes this impossible. In my humble opinion it is just not possible. There must be a connection; Digital, Decoder, Peshay, Doc Scott, J Majik and Photek remixed tracks on the album? Come on. What about Source Direct? Hidden Camera… the best music ever in existence. And I will never, ever know, I can collect and listen, but I will never ever truly know.

It just gets worse:

Tracks 3 and 10 contain a sample from the recording ‘Astral Traveling’ by Pharoah Sanders, written by Lonnie Liston Smith. Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Special Markets.

Monkey Chews, Chalk Farm 2 Queens Crescent, London, NW5 4EP. I’ve been there. Nervous. – I did not expect a Scandinavian LTJ Bukem (that is a complement hard to surpass…) I always thought it was Camden Town but it is actually the next stop on the line. Chalk Town. – London is not the same everywhere. Someone got stabbed to death on the street nearby last week. Drug business. Be careful. – I always try to be… careful.

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Reminisce III

January 23rd, 2018 Comments off

Brothomstates ‎– Claro – Warp Records ‎– WARP88CD – Released: 17 Sep 2001

Unexplainably good album.

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How Excellent Is This? [i].

January 16th, 2018 Comments off

Funkstörung’s remix of Jay-Jay Johnson’s “I Want Some Fun Now” on the Viceversa-remix-album (Studio !K7, 2001) ?

Naturally, an artist completely overlooked by me… at the time? It is highly unlikely that I would have ever considered listening or playing the original or this. In fact I did not. What a silly, silly thing to have done…

The lyrics are as funny as they are scarringly and accutly correct.

Other artists featured? A Guy Called Gerald, Speedy J, Plaid and Jean-Michel Jarre. The coup-de-gras? Well there’s an early Funckarma track called “Spatial Convolution” remixed (or Morphed by Funkstörung as it were) by Funkstörung.

Close call between: A Guy Called Gerald and Jay-Jay Johnson. The latter is probably my favourite. What about Funckarma? Allways out of competion. Always and for ever, ever, ever.

NOTE: The tracklisting from *T*unes is one of the most incoherent I have ever seen. Apart from the abovious ones I used the approx. track durations (it was a right nightmare I can tell you).

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October 8th, 2017 Comments off

“- What can be said in one sentence takes you at least 15 minutes.”

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Cenik, Lies EP [Isophlux – ISO025EP, 2001]

March 9th, 2003 Comments off

cenik_whale_blue“Lies” is the other out of two 12″ released by Cenik on the American Isophlux imprint (this far). We’re talking about trademark Funcken brothers’ stuff the difference being if any that this leans rather heavily towards the down tempo side of things, with ultra deep basslines and plenty of crunchiness. As always it’s very nice all around. The other side of the four-track 12″ features heavy cut-ups creating a haunting effect, but the warm melody delivers comfort as well as structure, but it’s probably not suitable for the fainthearted. The same could be said for the last track and yet it’s very beautiful music, with astounding power.

Cenik, Secret EP [Isophlux – ISO015EP, 2001]

March 9th, 2003 Comments off

cenik_secrets_blackThe third alias used by the very talented and personal favorites of mine (as you might have guessed if you’re a recurring visitor to Electronic Desert’s review section): the Funcken brothers alias Funckarma alias Quench. And with this 12″, the new pseudonym was not a secret to be kept for very long because there is simply no one else that reasonably could have produced this record. If you like the Funcken way of musical thinking you will get it all: complex beats programming, really nice melodies, abundance of layering, clearly constructed vocal processing etc. Amasingly high quality if you ask me that is.

Quench, EP [Aim Records – AIM07, 2001]

September 8th, 2002 Comments off

quench_aim007What, another Quench release from they year 2001? Yes, it’s true these two men seem pretty unstoppable! The Funcken brothers got me cornered and there just isn’t anyone outthere coming close to them, when it comes to putting crunchy beats together with mind altering melodies, melancholy and sheer beauty. This particular Aim release isn’t an exception and nor are their previous DUB releases. First track “Spazm” contains warmth, completely saturated with bass and Quench’s beats providing a steady pace throughout the track, which in itself makes this 12″ worth getting. The three remaining tracks “Quad”, “Sin” and “Swordfish” are of the more crunchy persuasion just as good and all following the patented and highly unique Quench formula. In short: top-class, as always from the (unstoppable) Funcken brothers.

Ten and Tracer, Keylemon Reports [Inc.Us – INC.US006, 2001]

September 8th, 2002 Comments off

ten_and_tracer_keylemonA very nice release from Ten and Tracer on Inc.Us, the vinyl section of the Belgian U-cover label. This six track 12″ contains a selection of warm and slightly melancholic compositions. You could quite easily come up with an association, music wise, but in all honesty that would be unfair to the artist and this work, so I will refrain from doing that. The opening track “Hoxton for You” contains some great beats programming and sounds and starts of this EP’s general feeling. “Understanding Waves” continues in the same direction, while “Moraine Park” decreases the tempo and puts emphasis on the bass elements. All executed with the same clarity and vision. The flipside’s first track is entitled “Two Medicine” and it is also down-tempo, beat-filled, bass-rich and with great atmosphere reaching over to “Kemia Divine”, picking up the overall pace, but holding on to the feeling created, simply beautiful. The sixth and last track “Keylemon Reports”, again some light treading and forward going beats and strong melodic components. This EP leaves you wanting to hear more and wanting to hear it again.